90101-1 The Principle of Moments
Production and quality control:
Robert Plant, Benji Lefevre and Pat Moran
Released on June 1983
UK CHART POSITION #7 . . . US CHART POSITION #8 . . .
PLATINUM RECORD
Find it at GEMM
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O nce again, Robert Plant doesn’t stray too far from the sound of Led Zeppelin’s In Through The Out Door. And why should he? The Principle of Moments is an excellent album, no apology necessary. If “Thru With The Two Step” sounds like “All of My Love,” or “Wreckless Love” like “In The Evening” and “Carouselambra,” more power to Plant. While Principle didn’t chart as high as Pictures At Eleven, its singles fared better. The beautiful “Big Log” and “In The Mood” both landed in the US Top 40 and will surely be present when Plant’s best songs are assembled for some faraway compilation. What’s always impressed me about Robert Plant’s solo career is his willingness to keep pushing himself as an artist. He could get by simply by singing, as Bryan Ferry and Roger Daltrey have done, but Plant instead continues to grow on his own, fertilized (if you will) by the creative chemistry cultivated in an actual band. Whether or not the band actively sought to hone a single aspect of In Through The Out Door (its wistfulness) down to an art form, that’s what happens here. Principle of Moments might well have been calibrated to “All Of My Love,” but I can think of few better templates for a post-Zeppelin Plant. Understated arrangements are important for a singer of this calibre; we need to be able to hear every nuance, the sad and the seductive, the wise and the weary. I’ve never given the idea of a “best” Plant album much thought, since they’re all good for their own reasons, but I might well give Principle of Moments the honor. It may have plenty of sleepy moments, but never a dull one.

90101-1 back cover 90101-1 picture sleeve
90101-1 back cover 90101-1 picture sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. OTHER ARMS    (Robert Plant/Robbie Blunt)    4:20
  2. IN THE MOOD    (Robert Plant/Robbie Blunt/Paul Martinez)    5:19
  3. MESSIN' WITH THE MEKON    (Robert Plant/Robbie Blunt/Paul Martinez)    4:40
  4. WRECKLESS LOVE    (Robert Plant/Robbie Blunt)    5:18
  5. THRU WITH THE TWO STEP    (Robert Plant/Robbie Blunt/Paul Martinez)    5:33
  6. HORIZONTAL DEPARTURE    (Robert Plant/Robbie Blunt/Paul Martinez/Jezz Woodroffe)    4:19
  7. STRANGER HERE... THAN OVER THERE    (Robert Plant/Robbie Blunt/Paul Martinez/Jezz Woodroffe)    4:18
  8. BIG LOG    (Robert Plant/Robbie Blunt/Jezz Woodroffe)    5:03

CREDITS

ROBERT PLANT -- vocals, mixing
ROBBIE BLUNT -- guitars
PHIL COLLINS -- drums
PAUL MARTINEZ -- bass
JEZZ WOODROFFE -- keyboards
Barriemore Barlow -- drums (4,7)
John David -- backing vocals
Ray Martinez -- backing vocals
Pat Moran -- engineer, mixing
Benji Lefevre -- mixing
App. Std -- sleeve design

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK/CAN/GER/SPA June 1983 WEA LP/CS 79 0101 picture sleeve
US June 1983 Atlantic LP/CS 90101 picture sleeve, picture label
JPN 1983 Swan Song LP P-11381 lyric insert
MEX 1983 WEA LP LWA 6193  
UK/US   Es Paranza/WEA CD 90101  

 

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